Chicago White Sox: 3 fair trade packages for Craig Kimbrel

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The New York Mets and Chicago White Sox would be great trade partners this winter.

The Chicago White Sox and New York Mets would be great partners in a Craig Kimbrel deal. They could always use help in their bullpen as the last few years haven’t gone well for them. 2021 was a year that they blew a big-time lead in the division to the Atlanta Braves who are now in the NLCS and four wins away from a World Series berth. Adding a closer like Kimbrel, if he plays well, would go a long way for them.

Of course, in order for any of these trades to work for the team acquiring Kimbrel, he would need to pitch more like the Cubs version of him in 2021 than the White Sox version. If the Mets used him as a traditional closer, chances are that they would see good results.

Junior Santos is a right-handed pitcher that is currently low in the Minor Leagues. If he became an MLB player, it would probably be a few years down the line. He currently sits as the Mets’ number 14 prospect. As for Luke Ritter, he is someone that can play second and first. Ritter is, as of right now, is the 28th prospect in their organization.

Neither of these players is a lock to be anything at the MLB level but that is the type of return you should expect in a Craig Kimbrel deal. The Mets and White Sox could both benefit from a trade like this if everyone involved does their job right.